A junior high school teacher is deployed to the state border

A teacher from Bear Branch Junior High School is being deployed to the Texas border, Magnolia ISD announced on its website.

Army National Guard First Lt. Trevor Burchett, who will travel to Laredo to serve with the U.S. Border Patrol for nine to 12 months, said he feels called to help others.

“I’ve always wanted to be part of something bigger than myself and I think that’s held true both as a teacher and as an advocate for our nation,” Burchett said in the announcement. His past deployments include service in Mexico and during Hurricane Harvey.

Burchett has taught at Bear Branch for three years. He taught science and history at Magnolia and Big Spring ISDs in addition to serving in the Army National Guard, the announcement details. He graduated from Texas A&M and also served in the Cadet Corps.

“By serving my country and my community, I have acquired many leadership qualities and have great respect for people from different backgrounds,” he said. “It makes me appreciate my family and other support groups working for a greater cause.”

Burchett is one of four active military members who are on staff at Magnolia ISD. He and his wife have a 15 month old son.

-On the Magnolia ISD website

Students raise funds to fight cancer

Magnolia High School students Payton Szabo and Molly Nelson were among students of the year for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, a seven-week program and fundraising campaign for high school students, according to a school district announcement.

Students in the program use their professional skills to raise funds for LLS, a non-profit organization whose mission is to fight blood cancer.

Szabo with Team Children’s Cancer Crushers and Nelson with Team LLS Lifesavers, who won the Mission Citizenship award, helped the two Magnolia High School teams raise approximately a quarter of a million dollars.

-On the Magnolia ISD website

Presentation “Digital dilemma” planned

A family seminar, “Digital Dilemma” presented by Timothy Shoemaker, is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. on March 23 at the Magnolia Event Center.

The course will offer techniques to identify and avoid the various dangers that children and adults may encounter in online environments.

The Magnolia Event Center is located at 11659 FM 1488 in Magnolia.

-On the Magnolia ISD website

Essay earns recognition

Audra Gosch, a senior at Magnolia High School, was honored by the Freedom Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution of The Woodlands for her essay in the George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest.

“Essays must explore topics based on original research and address an event, person, philosophy, or ideal associated with the American Revolution,” states an announcement from Magnolia ISD.

According to the announcement, she received a medal, a certificate and a small cash prize. The essay will be entered into the statewide contest and winners will be announced in March.

-On the Magnolia ISD website

Council appoints superintendent for award

The Tomball ISD School Board voted unanimously to nominate Dr. Martha Salazar-Zamora as the 2022 Texas Association of School Boards Superintendent of the Year, the district announced on its website.

With over 35 years of experience in education, she has served as Superintendent of Tomball ISD since 2017 and prior to that served as District Academic Director for three years.

“The Board of Directors believes that Dr. Salazar-Zamora is an excellent leader and ambassador for our district. We would like her to be recognized beyond the boundaries of our district,” said TISD Board Chair Kathy Handler in the announcement.

The school board will submit the application next month to the Region 4 Educational Services Center for the TASB Regional Committee. One application from each region will be submitted in July to the TASB State Selection Committee. Five finalists for Texas SOTY will be named in August and a winner will be announced in September.

For more information on Salazar-Zamora’s accomplishments and contributions, visit www.tomballisd.net/apps/news/article/1581405.

-On the Tomball ISD website

Educator Wins Excellence in Teaching Award

Victoria Hagan, a teacher at Creekside Park Junior High School at Tomball ISD, has won the 2022 Susan O’Connor Award for Teaching Excellence from the Harris County Department of Education.

“This award is based on Hagan’s commitment to the HCDE’s Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program. This year alone, Hagan has led 19 CPJHS students to receive regional Gold Key awards and 25 regional Silver Key and Honorable Mention awards. This was a record number of students receiving regional honors,” reads a district announcement.

The award comes with $500, and Hagan will be recognized March 29 at the regional school art and writing ceremony.

-On the Tomball ISD website

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